I have been a consistent critic of Malcolm Turnbull pretty much from Day 1. For those of you who are curious, Day 1 was when I woke up in London on Monday 14 September 2015 to find that I had been out of the country for barely a week before someone rolled the elected Prime Minister.
I lived in the UK for most of the 2000s and so I missed the opportunity to study Turnbull up close back then. Since I’ve been back, I’ve made up for that. Turnbull’s track record is in fact far more colourful than I’d anticipated, and littered with epic fails, handled with the kind of personality traits you sometimes find described in DSM-V. He has also failed to show any real commitment to sound economic policies or practices.
Sinclair Davidson believes that Malcolm Turnbull, given time, could be a potentially great Prime Minister. I believe that, given time, Tony Abbott could also have been a potentially great Prime Minister.
That doesn’t mean I want Abbott back in the job. Far from it. But if we’re going to give people chances in the PM’s job, and then roll them when they fail, then we need to proceed along open and transparent lines.
So I am proposing a challenge – or perhaps an experiment.
We will give Malcolm Turnbull precisely the same amount of time Tony Abbott was given in the top job to demonstrate his potential greatness.
The clock started ticking for Turnbull on 15 September 2015. So he has until 15 September 2017 to demonstrate that he really is a potentially great Prime Minister.
I want to invite the Cats – including the Perfesser, of course – to set the criteria by which Turnbull’s greatness should be judged.
Abbott’s government was elected with a generous majority and faced a basket-case Senate. Turnbull’s has been elected with a slim majority and potentially faces a basket-case Senate.
Yet the Abbott government, for all its other failings (which were many, and no, I don’t want him back, just in case you missed that the first time round) at least introduced a strong anti-illegal immigration policy that saved lives and stopped the boats. His government was also able to repeal the carbon tax and the mining tax despite the basket-case Senate.
Please don’t give me a list of the Abbott government’s failures, because I’m well aware of them. Instead, give me a list of things that Malcolm Turnbull could or should do to convince you that he’s going to be the right man for the job.
Sinclair Davidson has the most confidence in him, so he should really kick this list off for us. And aussiepundit, we are waiting to take your call.
What actions and achievements would Cats accept as evidence that Malcolm Turnbull is a potentially great Prime Minister? He has already had 301 days in the job; he has 430 days left.